I know you are busy. Everyone is busy this time of year. The holidays are over and we’re all in work mode. Regardless of how busy you get, you still need to make your health a priority. Let’s talk about how to get max benefits from a short workout.
If you think short workouts don’t do a lot of the body, think again. Short workouts can be very effective! Workout programs, like the #25DaysofMFit, are proof that 15-minute workouts can help you reach your goals. Keep reading for my tips on how to get max benefits from a short workout.
If you are in a time crunch, interval training is your best friend. With interval training, strength-based workouts double as cardio. Timed intervals and rep-based circuits with minimal rest will keep your heart rate up and challenge your muscles.
In a normal workout, four sets of squats may take you 10 minutes or more to complete. But when put in a circuit, you can do those squats plus several other exercises in the same amount of time. Training this way allows you to build muscle, while saving time and getting the heart rate up.
Exercising multiple muscle groups in one workout will also make resistance training feel like cardio. A workout that challenges multiple parts of your fitness is key for making a quick workout routine more effective.
If you are crunched for time, you may be tempted to skip your warm-up. Don’t! The warm-up is the most important part of the workout and should never be skipped! Waking up your muscles with a warm-up is a must if you want to have an effective workout
You can make your warm-up more effective by doing a yoga-based stretch and activation routine like I do in the MFit HIIT & Burn workouts. This type of warm-up feels like a workout. I predict, if you warm-up feels like it is apart of your workout, you’ll be less likely to skip it.